Starting this morning our UK friends will have a new payment method available to them, as Apple Pay has launched in the UK.
Apple’s payment system has been spreading around the world, with more banks and retailers jumping onboard every day. One of its biggest draws is the idea of how simple and secure it is to pay using the company’s system.
That however, isn’t as big of draw in the UK or indeed in Europe, compared to the US and other parts of the world. That’s because secure chip, PIN and contactless cards have been the norm in these parts of the world for many years, so Apple’s system loses a bit of its attractiveness.
Still, there’s no denying that paying with your iPhone can be convenient; you can start trying the system out if you’re a customer with one of the following banks: American Express, First Direct, HSBC, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. As for where you can use Apple Pay, you’ll be restricted to these shops: Boots, BP, Costa, Liberty, Lidl, M&S, McDonalds, Starbucks, obviously Apple itself and a few others. Here’s the full list.
Another restriction early adopters will have to deal with is small transactions: current systems limit the amount to 20 pounds, with a future update allowing points of sale to do bigger transactions through Apple Pay.
If you decide to try out Apple Pay, let us know how it goes in the comments below.